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Psychosocial factors affecting adults with intellectual disabilities with psychiatric disorders in Cali, Colombia

VERDUGO Miguel Angel, et al
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Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 6(3), September 2009, pp.173-179.

The objective of this study was to describe the psychosocial factors associated with the comorbidity between intellectual disability (ID) and psychiatric disorder of adults in the city of Cali, Colombia. Subjects were 50 dyads consisting of a carer and a person with ID. The Caregivers Questionnaire and the Integral Quality of Life Scale were adapted for use in the study. The analysis of information was based on three factors: person, family, and society. In the case of the personal factor, an adequate level of physical well-being and a good level of self-care were found in more than 60% of the adults with dual diagnosis, good adherence to treatment in 82%, and medium satisfaction in the individual-context relationship in 54%. With regard to the family factor, a high level of satisfaction of needs (84%) was found. Good family functioning was observed in 86%, while family participation in rehabilitation was reported to be between moderate and deficient in 60% of the cases. With respect to the social factor, cases of support between moderate and deficient were found in 68%, and a regular inclusion was observed in 48%. The authors conclude that the family functioning aspect appeared as the major protective factor, while the inclusion and social support were shown as the main risk factors.

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Common mental disorders in a young urban population in Colombia

HARPHAM Trudy, et al
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British Journal of Psychiatry, 187(2), August 2005, pp.161-167.
Royal College of Psychiatrists

This study measures the prevalence of common mental disorders among low-income young people in the city of Cali, Colombia and to examine associations with violence and social capital. The Self-Reporting Questionnaire was administered to 1057 young people aged 15-25 years. Social capital, violence, alcoholism and socio-demographic variables were also measured. The results found 255 young people (24%) with common mental disorders. Being a woman, having limited education and experiencing high levels of violence were the main risk factors for common mental disorders. Social capital did not emerge as a risk factor. The study found a large burden of mental ill health among young people was found; this requires urgent interventions and more research on the mechanisms which link mental health and violence.


Mental health services in the global village

APPLEBY Louis, ARAYA Ricardo
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Comparative study of mental health services in 16 countries from both the developed and the developing world. Contains sections on countries from: Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South and Central America.

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